SINGAPORE: Theatre stalwart Kok Heng Leun announced on Monday (Feb 22) his intention to submit his name again as the Nominated Member of Parliament (NMP) representing the arts, after an unsuccessful bid in 2014.
The deadline for submissions is Feb 23.
“It has only been within the past week and with the support and encouragement of individuals in the community that I am submitting my nomination for NMP representing the arts,” said Mr Kok, the artistic director of theatre company Drama Box, in a statement.
“As there will be other contenders for the NMP position, there is a real chance that I will not get appointed. However, I think we have to try to ensure that the voices of artists and the arts community continue to be heard, so let’s see how the selection goes.”
“I stand by what I said in 2014, that I believe the arts and culture should have a place in the national conversation, and are also important to the processes of community development in diversity,” noted Mr Kok, who has directed more than 60 English and Chinese plays.
“In the same way that I have approached my community-based art projects I would like to engage the group in dialogue to identify issues that are important and that need to be brought to the attention of policy makers and to Singaporeans.”